(Closed) No tasting?

posted 10 years ago in Food
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I just had my tasting on Friday, and it wasn’t really a full meal. I ate beforehand, which was good, because it really was just a tasting of everything (hors d’oeuvres, entrees and sides). So I wouldn’t be worried that it is mid-morning! I would just send them an email a little closer to your tasting to clarify that you’ll be able to taste a few different hors d’oeuvres, main courses, and sides — there’s no harm in asking them to clarify! I would make sure you specify exactly what you want to taste (if you do want to taste anything in particular) and re-iterate which items can’t be served. I honestly don’t think that they would expect you to pick out an entire menu based on cookies. =)

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

When we had our tasting, we’d already worked with the caterer to narrow down a selection of hors d’oeuvres, sides and mains (we too have some resitrictions, so it worked out well).  We had a full tasting – full portions of everything on our list.  It may have been easier since we’d already picked the mains, so it was basically deciding which of the hors d’oeuvres and sides we wanted.

As Rebecca mentioned, send an email to ask what you’ll be tasting and reiterate your restrictions.  That will make sure that whatever they serve will be a contender.  It may be that they have a very relaxed approach or that they’re not knocking themselves out because you’ve already got a contract? 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We got to pick four full meals from the menu to taste, along with four different salads, and four different desserts.  We liked all of them, so it was very difficult to make up our minds.  We didn’t bother tasting the vegetarian slection because there was only one choice and we knew we would have to pick it. They only did tasting on Tuesday and Thursday nights from 5pm – 8pm, so it was very difficult to get there (we live in Irvine and our venue is in westwood). 

I think it is great that your place is giving you so much flexibility. They may want to do the offical tasing when the place is not busy, so they (and you) don’t feel rushed.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

We took our moms with us so we each had one meal — and then we rotated plates. 

Please let us know how it goes, and good luck!

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

i don’t get a tasting… πŸ™

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I honestly wouldn’t feel comfortable without tasting some of the food you want on your menu! I had an issue with a caterer, she was referred to me by close friends and family, and she was a small business, very casual, relaxed. I tried to get her to send me a contract to reserve the date with her but she just kept saying that when the day got closer, she would get back to me a couple of months before the wedding. Well long story short, I could never get ahold of her, she never returned my calls, literally for over two weeks! I was feaking out because everything was going to be through her, the tables, linens, she was going to help with center pieces,,,I decided I could no longer deal with trying to track down my caterer, I even offered a %50 deposit ! I ended up calling her and leaving a message, (she never answered) letting her know I was going with another caterer. She later called me back apologizing that this has never happened to her before and she knows she has a bad habit returning phone calls, but wished me well. I found another great caterer who communicated wonderfully! They even came to my house, brought all of the meat entres we’re serving along with extras! I’m soo glad I didn’t go with my drama caterer!

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

GorgesViola – let us know how it shakes out.  It definitely makes sense to clarify what will happen.  It’s one thing to have a sample of what style of food they make, but for a wedding, I feel it is important to taste the actual dishes.  Even at restaurants I love, some dishes are much better than others.  If they don’t offer a tasting of specific items that are options for the wedding, would it be possible for you and your sweetie to arrange to have dinner there and order the dishes in question?  That way, the business wouldn’t be out the food cost and you’d get to taste exactly what you want.  It’s not ideal – you’d think most catering contracts come with tastings, but apparently, it’s not 100% standard.  πŸ™

 

Good luck! 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2009

GV- we went w/ a place that was more a one stop shop (b/c of work schedules and just being sick of this running around looking etc).  they don’t offer tasting, but have a long list from us to choose from.  They were reasonably priced.  I don’t mind not tasting the food for several reasons…i can’t bear the thought of having to keep sitting down and planning more stuff…and that every’s taste is different so if i like something, my guest doesn’t necessarily will like it as much as I do… and we’re doing a buffet… most of the time, even at expensive weddings w/ fliet mignon and such, it’s usually dry and over cooked… so really would it make a big difference?  probably not.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

@GV — yep, if you have to send an email now, I would just ask them to clarify what you’ll be tasting in that email. Frame it like you’re tasting not to make sure that they’re culinarily up to snuff, but that you need help narrowing down so many of their fabulous options. Charming but firm hasn’t failed me yet!

Good luck!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I would call them and ask just what you can expect at the tasting. If it’s a small business, they may just not know what you want to taste. Maybe they don’t do a ton of weddings? If there are any dishes you really want to taste, I would highlight those in the call. It never hurts to ask and they really should be able to accommodate you. 

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2007

ha – at least you’re getting a tasting.  We live in a small town where there’s not much competition – so I guess the companies don’t feel the need for tastings.  I asked and they said no πŸ™‚

Sounds like they might be trying to plan your tasting around another event so they’ll already have the food made and just have to plate up some for you???

Calling to ask what you should expect at the tasting will def help. 

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